ARTISTS and creators from across the country will be coming to the Macron for the North West Teddy Bear and Doll Fair.

The event at the stadium will involve about 40 companies from as far as Scotland and Wales setting up stalls to show off their wares.

It has been organised by Blackrod-based Bobby’s Bears and it is thought to be one of the longest-running annual fairs of its kind in the country, having begun in 1982.

Robert Newsham, owner of Bobby’s Bears, said: “It is an event held for people who collect and have an interest in bears and dolls.

“It is all about introducing the customers to the bears and to remind them about the old style of making bears by using things like glass eyes and mohair.”

The event is heading to the Macron for the first time after holding previous fairs at Rivington Hall Barn in Horwich.

Mr Newsham, aged 44, said: “When I first started in the trade there used to be fairs up and down the country.

“But sadly many of the organisers have gone and people who knew about the old methods of making bears and dolls have died.

“I think the event is pretty important because it brings people together.

“The atmosphere at these events is so friendly and it helps to keep people in touch with each other.”

The event will be held in the Lion Of Vienna suite at the Macron on Sunday, March 11 from 10.30am to 4pm.

For more information, go to the North West Teddy Bear and Doll Fair Facebook page. Entrance is £2.50 for adults and £1 for children.